Why should they owe you even an answer? Why is it nowdays (and you as “Game-Dev” should understand that), that no developer is allowed to craft their own Games anymore, with their own idea how a game should be played and what kind of Control-Sheme they offer?
Why is it so hard as gamer to respect / accept a Game-Design Decision which is implemented intentionally, because the devs feel that’s how their “Game” should be played. And if that’s an issue, why don’t move on to an Game, which fits more your taste and let stay an Game as it is supposed to be, and don’t sacrifice everything for the sake of cater an audience, which might not even be their target.
I see nowdays so much complaints about AAA Companys, mostly in this Scenario, Blizzard with their Diablo 3. Alot of People claim that said AAA Games have no soul or heart anymore, but are sellouts for the mainstream(which nowdays consists mostly with Casuals), but when an (Indie-)Developer say “F*** it, we do it our own way. That’s how WE want to deliever the Games. That’s how WE want the Game to be played” > which in reality means a Game have a Souls and a Heart due Developers stay true to their vision and what they want to deliever, that this is than again a Problem and people like you call them out for that.
Your 15 Years of “Experience” and what you are used too, should not influence or impact, or have something say to how an Game needs to be developed, or even about the Control-Sheme… because Last Epoch might not want to be another one of these 15 Years ARPGs which you played, but simply was different on it’s own. And if the Devs find the Control-Sheme fitting, than it’s their all right to do so. Obviously, they also need to life with the consequences, if that impact their potential costumer. But that’s something which they need to live with and that’s also deciding factor if they want to create something unique on their own, even with the risk of being not as popular and successfull as other Games in this genre, or rather go the 08/15 Route an cater to the industry standarts, even if it means to sacrafice their own vision of the game.
But no-one can complain about the big bad AAA these days, for not staying true to what they were and what made them great, but at other hand limit exactly that developers, which use their freedom and deliver what they want, with their own vision and staying true to themself, because that’s hypocrisy.
And as for your “idiotic” explanation, i find it rather curious that you as “experienced” Developer [though i take it with a grain salt anyway, because everyone can claim that he is an developer, here on the internet], but ignore the bigger picture and that it all can be the sum of many things, like in this case, because you cherrypicked only one of my Reasons and focus on that, while i’d argue that the decision behind this could be all two up to three things together.
For one (and i’m pretty sure i read that in discord already as an answer) they want to have an easy accessable control-sheme, but before your argument comes “but i played 15 years” - nonsense… easy accessable from an factual, objective standpoind where you consider all players, not only players which are used to an 15 year old control sheme. Only because we (you, me, others) veterans are used to the controls and feels for us easier to access, it’s not easy accessable control-sheme as an fact or even good… it’s simply we don’t know it differently / better, and might been getten to old to get easily used to something new.
But a new generation of players which never touched games like this? I’d argue(and due irl experience with friends and family) context-sensitive controls can pretty wonky for newcomers… as i mentioned with my reasons above. And as major point don’t forget the fact, that they simply might to have this controls and enjoy them… and that’s their game.
That being said, i’m pretty done with this Topic anyway. My major “rant” previously wasn’t meant to anyone discourage to express their Feedback or wishes, and it never was. My hangup was simply this callouts for devs. decision. And that i expressed my feelings toward this situation as a whole, that i’m not fond of devs aren’t even allowed anymore to develope the game how they want too, and need to justify every step they do.